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Merkel Had To ‘Restrain’ Herself In Latest Criticism Of Trump

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel called President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement “extremely regrettable” during a news conference Friday.

Merkel urged the rest of the world to “look to the future” and step up its ongoing efforts. Trump’s announcement “won’t stop all those of us who feel obliged to protect the planet,” according to Merkel.

“The decision of the United States is extremely regrettable — and I am expressing myself in very restrained terms,” Merkel said. “This decision cannot and will not … stop us. To the contrary, Germany, Europe and the rest of the world will more determined than ever bundle their powers … to successfully tackle these challenges.”

Merkel has repeatedly warned of a changing world order since the G7 meeting in Italy last week. She believes a division within the western alliance has become evident after Brexit and the election of Trump. She now wants Europe to take its “fate into our own hands” and become less reliant on the U.S.

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“The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days,” Merkel said at a campaign rally Sunday in Munich. “We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands.”

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